Bandari FC earns first three Points in Season Opener against Nakumatt
Mombasa - March 11, 2017
KPA’s Bandari FC kicked off their 2017 Sportpesa Premier League season on a higher note edging out newly promoted Nakumatt FC by a solitary goal in a highly contested tie staged at Mbaraki Sports Club on Saturday 11th March 2017.
Newly signed attacker Enock Agwanda, formerly of Gor Mahia FC scored the match winner in the 40th minute by finishing with a header a carefully weighted through- ball from another new signing Michael Luvusti, former Thika United anchorman.
Bandari's Felly Mulumba (in blue) attempts to head past Nakumatt FC custodian Sammy Okinda (left).
The onrushing Nakumatt goalkeeper Sammy Okinda watched helplessly as the ball got into an empty net giving the Paul Nkata led team their deserved 1-0 lead.
However the goal proved to be costly as Agwanda unfortunately collided with the Nakumatt FC goalie. The injury left the goal scorer on the sidelines receiving lengthy treatment and he was eventually replaced by Dan Sserenkuma.
Nakumatt FC had few chances in the opening minutes soaking the soaring heat and the high coastal humidity with Peter Nzuki threading prodding passes but Bandari FC dependable center back Felly Mulumba and the midfield duo - consisting of debutant and former Bandari FC Under 20 Anthony Wambani and veteran Musa Mudde stood keeping the Shopkeepers at bay.
Youngster Anthony Wambani was on call again in 23rd minute when he fired an exquisite shot that was parried off by Nakumatt FC custodian Sammy Okinda after Uganda Cranes Under23 Fred Nkata delivered a beautiful cross on the left flank.
Nakumatt huffed and puffed as the game progressed while Bandari FC kept the ball denying the visitors any meaningful attempt on goal.
On resumption from the half time break, Nakumatt FC pilled pressure in their quest to level the score with Robert Omunuk curling in a lovely cross in the 57th minute finding Ronald Musana who connected with a weak shot only to send the ball inches wide.
Bandari FC Chairman Eng. Abdullahi Samatar (second right) flanked by Bandari Board of Trustees Musa Hassan (pointing) and Salim Sumra (right) watching the match.
Dockers Head Coach Paul Nkata threw his towel bringing in Michael Apudo for Fred Nkata prompting his counterpart to respond in kind introducing Boniface Akenga for Robert Omunuk on the 59th minute.
In the 65th minute Bandari FC suffered a huge blow when their dependable center back Andrew Waiswa suffered an injury that resulted to another substitution bringing in Shariff Mohammed before Dan Sserenkuma’s header went over the bar after he connected well with former Sofapaka utility player - Noah Abich's teasing cross.
Substitute Michael Apudo missed the chance to extend Bandari FC's lead hitting the cross bar on the 86th minute when Dan Sserenkuma delivered an enticing through-ball only for the battle-tank Apudo to fluff his chance.
Bandari FC players before the match against Nakumatt FC at the Mbaraki Sports Club home ground.
Nakumatt FC smarting from the grueling heat resorted to damage control as Bandari's resolute defense denied them any chance of a comeback.
Coach Paul Nkata said he was happy with the result but also issued a caveat that his team was better than what was displayed due to factors which he said were fixable.